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Unformatted text preview: Syllabus Environmental Design Analysis (EDA) Fall 2011 Tuesday, Friday 10:55 – 12:15 Location: Hickman 138 11:550:230 3 Credits Requirements this class fulfills: Humanities and Arts Prerequisites: None. “EDA” is an appropriate elective course for students in any major within SEBS or the University. It is open to students in all classes. Professor: Dr. Laura Lawson Professor and Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University 112 Blake Hall, 93 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick Office hours: Friday 1:00 ­3:00 (not 9/23, 10/28, 11/18) or by appointment (please contact Gail McKenzie to schedule: [email protected] or 732 ­932 ­9317). Website: http://landarch.rutgers.edu/fac_staff/Laura_Lawson/index.html Teaching Assistant: David Hanrahan Graduate student, Department of Landscape Architecture Office hours: Tuesday 1 ­3 Contact info: [email protected] Description of Course Environmental Design Analysis is an exploration into your everyday environment. Through lectures, readings, discussion, and assignments, students will explore why everyday places – homes, gardens streets, neighborhoods, etc. – look the way they do, why they function as they do, and whether or not they could be better. Students will be encouraged to study their own needs, assumptions, and preferences for particular kinds of places while at the same time realizing that other people may have different assumptions, needs, and preferences. Students will also be exposed to the ideas associated with particular types of landscapes, such as home environments, neighborhoods, urban plazas, wilderness, and more. Goals and Learning Objectives • Students will study the interplay between environmental conditions and human behavior, as manifest in everyday experience. This exploration yields a richer understanding of preference and choice according to physiological, psychological, social, political, economic, and environmental factors. • Students will explore the meaning of design and planning in everyday places. • Students will analyze the relationship between intended and actual use of everyday environments. • Students will increase their skills in observation and analysis of outdoor environments. • Students will explore the potential for ecologically and socially sustainable everyday places. 1 Use of Sakai The class Sakai website serves as the clearinghouse for materials. Please make sure to check it regularly. Readings All readings assigned for a lecture should be read before the day of the lecture. Readings will be included in occasional quizzes and cited as appropriate in the lecture. All reading material is available on the Sakai website unless otherwise noted in class or in the syllabus. Attendance Policy Attendance is mandatory for all classes. It is the student’s responsibility to be in attendance at all classes and all personal plans should be made in accordance with the schedule. A minimum level of participation is defined as being in attendance for the entire duration of a class session. Cell phone and internet use during lecture is not allowed. Please turn off all cell phones during class. If caught texting or checking messages, you will be asked to leave the class. You may also receive a minus ­ credit toward your final grade. Course work Students are strongly encouraged to take notes during lectures. No lecture powerpoints will be provided. Writing notes on paper tends to help with memory more than typing on a laptop. This course includes in ­class exercises, exams, and projects. No late work is accepted unless by prior approved request. In ­class exercises: In ­class exercises are included in the course format. All in ­class exercises are collected during class and cannot be made up. Some will be pop quizes that will be graded; other exercises will be “checked in” but not individually evaluated. You should expect 10 ­ 15 of these over the course of the semester. Project: The “Daily Activity and Observation” project provides an experiential learning opportunity to apply information from class to a real place. In this project, you will observe some of the phenomena discussed in the first lectures about people’s behavior in outdoor environments, including your own. Use the Project 1 worksheet provided in Sakai. Exam 1: The first exam will evaluate your knowledge from the first 4 weeks of class and include lectures, reading, and assignments. It will include slide identification (issue exemplified), multiple choice, and short ­answer questions. Exam 2: The second exam will focus primarily on the lectures, readings, and assignments since Exam 1, but may include material from earlier lectures and readings. It will include slide identification, multiple choice, and short ­answer questions. Exam 3(Final): The final exam will include material from the entire semester. 2 Evaluation Final Grades include: A (90 ­100%), B+ (85 ­89.9%), B (80 ­84.9%), C+ (75 ­79.9), C (70 ­74.9), D (60 ­69.9), F (59.9 or less). In ­class exercises/quizzes: 15 % Observation/Analysis project: 15 % Exam 1: 20 % Exam 2: 20 % Exam 3(Final): 30 %  ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 100% Extra credit will occasionally be offered verbally in class in response to a creative or insightful comment or volunteer answer to a question. Several extracurricular lecture/films have also been identified as extra ­credit opportunities (1 ­3 points available for each). For each, Please make sure to check ­in with the TA or instructor and to write a 1 ­2 page (typed, double ­spaced) reflection on key points in the lecture or film, making sure to individualize your response so that it is accountable to you alone. • Sept. 18, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.: Art in the Public Space Series: Daniel Libeskind in conversation with Prof. James Young, Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center, • October 19, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. “Nature Making from the Grassroots to the Flyway,” Dept. of Landscape Architecture Strom Lecture, Randolph T. Hester and Marcia McNally, Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center • November 14, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.: “King Corn” documentary film, with guest Aaron Woolf, writer, director and producer, Cooke Student Center MPR Minus credit will be used to discourage certain behaviors in class, particularly cell phone use or doing other work or reading during class. Academic Integrity policy Every member of that community bears a responsibility for ensuring that the highest standards of academic integrity are upheld. Only through a genuine partnership among students, faculty, staff, and administrators will the University be able to maintain the necessary commitment to academic integrity. Please look at the full description at http://academicintegrity.rutgers.edu/. The website includes definitions of cheating, plagiarism, paraphrasing, multiple submission, fabrication, facilitating cheating or plagiarism, denying others access, and fair use of citations and common knowledge. 3 Schedule (subject to change) Tuesday Week 1 (no class) Week 2 Sept. 6 Lecture 2: Human Behavior and the Environment Reading: Thayer, Robert. Grey World, Green Heart (NY: Wiley, 1994), Chapter 1. Week 3 Sept. 13 Lecture 4: Active Living and Design Reading: Frank, Engelke, and Schmid, Health and Community Design (Covelo, WA: Island Press, 2003). Ch. 4, 5. (David Hanrahan, TA, not in class) Week 4 Sept. 20 Lecture 6: Climate and Design Reading: Zeisel, Inquiry by Design (NY: Cambridge University Press, 1982), ch. 7, 8. Hand out Project 1: Activity and Observation Friday Sept. 2 Lecture 1: What is Environmental Design and why should we analyze it? Handout: syllabus and questionnaire Sept. 9 Lecture 3: The Body in Space Reading: Lang, Creating Architectural Theory (NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987). Chapter 14. Sept. 16 Lecture 5: The Food Landscape Reading: Nordahl, Public Produce (Covelo: Island Press, 2009). Ch. 1, 5. (David Hanrahan, TA, not in class) Sept. 23 Lecture 7: Public Health, Guest lecture Mark Robson Readings: TBA Extra credit: Daniel Libeskind, Sunday, Sept. 18, 7:30, Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center Week 5 Sept. 27 Lecture 8: Design Qualities / Review for Exam Bring blank white paper or a sketchbook for drawing Reading: Lyndon and Moore, Chambers for a Memory Palace (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1992), intro, ch. 1, 2 (skim). 4 Sept. 30 Examination 1 Week 6 Oct. 4 Period of Lecture 9: House and Home grade warnings Reading: Hunter, “The Basic House Today,” Ranches, Rowhouses, and Railroad Flats (New York: Norton, 1999). Week 7 Oct. 11 Lecture 11: Nearby Nature / Restorative Gardens Reading: Heerwagen, “Biophilia, Health, and Well ­Being,” in Campbell and Weisen, ed., Restorative Commons (USDA Technical Report NRS ­P ­39). Week 8 Oct. 18 Lecture 13: Ideal Communities through Time Reading: Brower, Good Neighborhoods, ch 7. Project “Activity and Observation” DUE at beginning of class. Extra credit: Wednesday, Oct. 19: Strom Lecture – Randolph T. Hester and Marcia McNally, “Nature Making from the Grassroots to the Flyway,” Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center Week 9 Oct. 25 Lecture 15: Image of the City Reading: Lynch, Image of the City, chapters 1 ­ 3 (skim as appropriate). Week Nov. 1 10 Lecture 17: Different Ways of Seeing: Land Use/ Land Cover / Mapping New Jersey Guest Lecturer: David Tulloch Reading: tba (Dr. Lawson at ASLA Annual Conference, San Diego) Oct. 7 Lecture 10: The Home Garden Reading: Hester and Frances, Meaning of Gardens, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990), 1 ­8. Frances, “The Everyday and the Personal: Six Garden Stories,” in Meaning of Gardens, pp. 206 ­215. Oct. 14 Lecture 12: Sustainable Home to Sustainable Neighborhood Reading: Hester, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sustainable Happiness,” Places 9:2. Oct. 21 Lecture 14: From Community to City Network Reading: Wassjasper, The Great Neighborhood Book (New Society Publishers, 2007), ch 2, 4. Oct. 28 Lecture 16: Density and Urban Form Guest Lecturer: Wolfram Hoefer Reading: TBA (Dr. Lawson at EPA symposium) Nov. 4 Lecture 18: Park Design Reading: Harnik, Urban Green (Covelo: Island Press, 2010), ch 1 ­3. Also visit the Trust for Public Land website (www.tpl.org). Week 11 Nov. 8 Lecture 19: Community Gardens Reading: Stone, “Benefits of Community ­ Managed Open Space” in Campbell and Wiesen, ed. Restorative Commons (USDA Tech Rep. NRS ­P ­39). Hou, “Interbay,” “Danny Woo,” and Bradner” from Greening Cities/ Growing Communities (Seattle: Univ. of Washington Press, 2009). 5 Nov. 11 Examination 2 Week 12 Nov. 15 Lecture 20: Environmental Justice in Design Reading: Rios, “Cultural Insurgency in the Public Realm” and Lawson and Sorensen, “When Overwhelming Needs meet Underwhelming Prospects,” from Hou, Insurgent Public Space (New York: Routeledge 2010). Nov. 18 Lecture 21: Return on Perception David Hanrahan, TA Reading: Nassauer, “Messy Ecosystems, Orderly Frames,” Landscape Journal 14, 2 (1995): 161 ­170. (Dr. Lawson at Conference of Planning History, Baltimore) Extra credit: “King Corn,” documentary, Monday, 5:30  ­8:30 p.m. Cook Campus Center. Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 FINAL Nov. 22 Lecture 22: Public Space / Urban Plaza Reading: visit Project for Public Spaces website (pps.org). Look at “Home,” “About,” and within “Articles,” look at “Eleven Principles.” Skim through “Great Public Spaces.” Nov. 29 Lecture 23: Wilderness Readings: Cronon, “The Trouble with Wilderness” Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature (NY: W.W. Norton, 1995). Dec. 6 Lecture 25: Urban Forestry Guest Lecturer: Jason Grabovsky Readings: TBA Dec. 13 Lecture 27: Conclusion Handout Questionnaire FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 8 ­11:00 a.m. 6 Fall Break Dec. 2 Lecture 24: Public Gardens Guest Lecturer: Bruce Crawford Readings: Look at Rutgers Gardens website. Dec. 9 Lecture 26: Brownfield Park /Post Industrial Park Guest Lecturer: Wolfram Hoefer Readings: TBA No class (Reading Day) ...
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